Young Victoria

Young Victoria

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Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany

     
 

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Director Jean-Marc Vallée takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion. See more details below

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Director Jean-Marc Vallée takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion. Graham King and Martin Scorsese produce a film penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Handsomely mounted historical dramas about the great kings and queens in world history are about as durable and long-lasting a genre as filmmaking has ever known. And people who like that kind of thing will find The Young Victoria to be the kind of thing they like. The teenage Victoria (Emily Blunt) ascends to England's throne after the death of her uncle, King William (Jim Broadbent). Because she is unmarried, her choice for a groom has international implications. She's inundated with a steady stream of advice from her mother (Miranda Richardson), her closest political aide (Paul Bettany), and from many other self-serving members of court. The young queen wants to think for herself, however, and even though she has no desire to marry, takes a shine to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) and allows him to begin courting her from afar. Although her people celebrate her grandly at the beginning of her reign, Victoria begins to lose the goodwill of her subjects due to an amateur understanding of politics, and soon comes to believe that Albert may be the only person she can fully trust. Director Jean-Marc Vallée, with the help of outstanding costume design and art direction, serves up sumptuous visual splendor in just about every frame -- this is the kind of movie that deservingly wins a boatload of the coffee-table Oscars. However, if The Young Victoria were nothing more than a series of pretty postcards, it wouldn't be worth watching. Thankfully, Emily Blunt effortlessly and gracefully displays the charm required to make Victoria a heroine worth cheering -- she may be naïve, but she's never dumb. Her growth over the course of the movie is subtle -- this is not a character who undergoes a sweeping change, but rather one who slowly but surely figures out what she wants, and then goes about getting it. Granted, there are no surprises, per se, especially if you're familiar with the actual historical events that are being played out. But fans of well-acted, elaborately ornate movies about palace intrigue and romance will find much to enjoy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
UPC:
0043396349933
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
14,850

Special Features

Deleted & Extended Scenes; Making of The Young Victoria Featurette; The Real Queen Victoria Featurette; The Coronation Featurette; The Wedding Featurette; Lavish History: A Look at the Costumes and Locations

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Blunt Queen Victoria
Rupert Friend Prince Albert
Paul Bettany Lord Melbourne
Miranda Richardson Duchess of Kent
Jim Broadbent King William
Thomas Kretschmann King Leopold,Actor
Mark Strong Conroy,John Conroy,Sir John Conroy
Jesper Christensen Baron Stockmar
Julian Glover Wellington,Duke of Wellington
Harriet Walter Queen Adelaide
Jeanette Hain Baroness Lehzen
Michael Maloney Peel,Sir Robert Peel
Genevieve O'Reilly Flora,Lady Flora Hastings
Michiel Huisman Ernest
Rachael Stirling Duchess of Sutherland
Morven Christie Watson
Josef Altin Edward Oxford
Tom Brooke Lord Chamberlain
Michaela Brooks Young Victoria Age 11
Grace Smith Young Victoria Age 5
Sophie Roberts Lady Portman
Charlie Clarke The Newsboy
Robert Cambrinus Kammerrher Turner
Tom Fisher Lord Chamberlain
Sean Dingwall Footman
Alice Glover Duchess of Montrose
David Horovitch Sir James Clark
Jo Hartley Landlady
Bernard Lloyd Archbishop of Canterbury
Johnny Lyne-Perkis Earl of Derby
Iain Mitchell Speaker
David Robb Whig Member
Malcolm Sinclair Charles Kemble
Julia St. John Marchioness of Hastings
Thomas Michael Voss Dancing Master
Julie McDonnell Lady in Waiting
Liam Scott Duke of Sussex
Mark Beesley Opera Singer
Richard Quine Opera Singer
Nick Chopping Footman
Rowley Irlam Footman
Kelly Dent Cupid,Riding Double 'Victoria'
C.C. Smiff Riding Double 'Albert'
Mark Henson Falling Bishop
Chad Hobson Vocals
Celia Graham Vocals
Dominic Preece Officer of Escort
Peter White Apprehending Pedestrian
Lenny Woodcock Pedestrian

Technical Credits
Jean-Marc Vallée Director
Kate Benton Makeup
Jill Bilcock Editor
Hagen Bogdanski Cinematographer
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects Supervisor
Marc Cote Special Effects Supervisor
Maureen Crowe Musical Direction/Supervision
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
Julian Fellowes Screenwriter
Sarah Ferguson Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Matt Garner Editor
Mandy Gold Makeup
Tim Headington Producer
Paul Jutras Editor
Julie Kendrick Makeup
Graham King Producer
Chris Lowe Art Director
Jack Murphy Choreography
Denis O'Sullivan Co-producer
Anita Overland Co-producer
Martin Pinsonnault Sound/Sound Designer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Martin Scorsese Producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Colin Vaines Executive Producer
Patrice Vermette Production Designer
Alexandra Walker Art Director

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